Yeah, here in Russia AKGs are usually much cheaper than in EU or US I believe, but still $90 is a steal :D
For portable use, I agree that the cable is way too long. I find it to be the perfect length for home use though. When I use them on the move, I need one pocket for my player and another for the remaining 2 metres of cable! I do wish that the cable was detachable so that you then could buy one the right length for what you need.
In the picture in your post, your headphones look very wet. I once was using them outside when it started to rain and I was not sure if it would damage them or not. They have now got damp a few times and they seem to be fine.
They got wet in the rain yesterday, not for the first time and work just fine. Well, they survived through the last winter, and I'm still wondering how I managed to survive that cold hell myself, so 550s are pretty tough :)
That 3m cable I am probably going to shorten and/or mod to detachable as soon as warranty ends, but still not sure. For now using two pockets too :)